The Toyota BZ4X has only been on sale for a few weeks, but it is already the subject of a serious recall.
The automotive giant announced a recall of its electric crossover, over concerns that the wheels could fall off. Toyota told multiple outlets that stopping, braking, and turning at low speeds could cause the hub bolts to loosen, which could allow the entire wheel assembly to detach with minimal warning. This affects all BZ4X electric crossovers, worldwide.
Thankfully, there are only about 2,700 BZ4X’s currently made, most of them in Japan. Only 280 cars have made their way to North America, and most of the cars in existence haven’t been delivered to customers yet. Toyota is still investigating the cause of the problem, but until then the brand says that BZ4X’s should not be driven until the situation is remedied.
This recall also affects the mechanically identical Subaru Solterra. Currently, no Solterra has been delivered to North American customers.
Both the Subaru Solterra and Toyota BZ4X are part of Subaru and Toyota’s electrification push. Toyota, in particular, wants to roll out 30 battery electric vehicles (BEV) by 2030. The BZ4X is Toyota’s first home-grown EV with a range of more than 200 miles. It aims to compete with other reasonably priced electric crossovers like the forthcoming Nissan Ariya EV, and Chevrolet Bolt EUV.
True, this isn’t such a great start from an established automaker’s first serious foray into mainstream EVs, but most sources say that this recall has little to do with the vehicle’s electric propulsion system. Hopefully, Toyota and Subaru will find a remedy soon, and the Solterra and BZ4X continue on sale with no more issues.
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